WW Makers Page
Let's Do This
WW and PLSAS Students need us to start thinking differently and challenging them to be makers
- The link to the Google form to add you voice to the process of how we get this started at WW.
- All the information, Video and links I got at the workshop I attended. Read, explore and watch as much as you want. This will be an ongoing discussion this year as we launch this innovation for our students.
WestWood Maker's Space/Faire Data Form- Please fill out WW Staff
Charlie's Friendship Bench
Creativity in schools
Do we say: Stop playing and get back to work. What do we mean?
playful: often wk on projects that show a sense of whimsy -silliness
Take risks: they are not afraid to try things that have not been done before
Responsibility: enjoy taking on projects that help other out
Persistent: they do not give up easily
Resourceful: look for materials and inspiration in unlikely places
Share: Thier Knowledge, tools and support
Optimistic: believe they can make difference in the world
Engineering Standards Vs Makers
The world of making is a great way to enter into engineering.
let kids and adults explore.
To get to engineering you have to start to play---then you tinker ---then you make —planning and analysis (math and science)
Website for higher order questions/ Examples to use with kids
Middle School Example - solving real world problems
2nd Grade example: Yr long project
8th Grade Boy's Maker faire project
Productive Collaborative Work
Dr. Diane Heacox
Difference btwn group work and productive collaborative work
Fisher, Frey and Everlove website/ youtube channel for examples of productive group work
Expectations for Collaborative Conversations by age groups -Fisher and Frey
Grades K-2 Features • Following the rules of discussion • Moving from participation to turn taking • Sustaining discussion through questioning • Adult support
Grade 3-5 Features • Preparation for discussion • Yielding and gaining the floor • Posing and responding to questions • From explaining own ideas to explaining the ideas of others
Grade 6-8 Features • Using evidence to probe and reflect • Collegial discussions include goals and deadlines • Questions connect ideas from several speakers • Acknowledge new information
Suggestions for Productive Group Work
1. Go smaller.
2. Vary group composition.
3. Do not overuse the same grouping format.
4. Teach the skills of productive group work.
5. Particular tasks should be assigned to particular students through self-selection or by the teacher.
6. The best group tasks are complex enough that they merit the attention of more than one student.
7. Organize group tasks with sufficient degrees of scaffolding.
8. Make sure that all tasks focus on and build targeted content & skills.